Government Imposter Scam Targets Businesses

Small Business

State officials are warning businesses about a new government imposter scam. 

Attorney General William Tong and Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas issued the warning Feb. 2.

Tong and Thomas said businesses should watch out for notices from a company called C F Division Services, LLC also known as CT UCC Statement Service.

According to Tong and Thomas, the notices are designed to look like an official government document, asking businesses to pay $90 for a copy of a Uniform Commercial Code report. 

A UCC report is a form filed by a creditor to place a lien on a property. 

While the notice looks like an official government document, Tong said the company has no affiliation with the state and “their costly services are entirely unnecessary.”


UCC reports can be filed and accessed for free through the secretary of the state’s website

Tong said his office is investigating, and they sent the company a letter demanding information about the businesses it targeted.

The notice does include small print from the company saying it is “not affiliated with any state or government agency” and that businesses are “not required to use our services.”

Scam UCC notice
Scam: The official looking letter asks for a $90 fee for a copy of a Uniform Commercial Code report.

However, Tong said the disclaimer may be insufficient and the letter stated that “consumers may be deceived into purchasing the company’s services.”

Businesses that receive one of these scam notices are urged to not respond and to file a report with the attorney general’s office. 

“We are investigating this company and will not hesitate to use the full extent of our authority to protect businesses and consumers from deceptive practices,” Tong said.


Officials said businesses should be wary of any notices or mailings that resemble official government documents, telling them to purchase something or to pay a fee for a service.

They should also look out for mailings that create a false sense of urgency with terms like “IMPORTANT,” “OPEN IMMEDIATELY,” or “TIME SENSITIVE.” 

Thomas added that reminders from the state will always come from a address and if a business is unsure of a request, they should visit or the secretary of the state’s website.

“Every business filing with the secretary of the state can be done easily and directly with our office, not through costly middlemen.”

Secretary of the State Stephanie Thomas

“Every business filing with the secretary of the state can be done easily and directly with our office, not through costly middlemen attempting to take advantage of you and your business through deceptive mailings,” she said.

Three years ago, state agencies fielded more than 100 complaints from businesses that were the target of a scam seeking additional fees to file annual reports.

Businesses can report scams or file a fraud complaint through the attorney general’s website or by calling 860.808.5318.


3 thoughts on “Government Imposter Scam Targets Businesses”

  1. This article fails to mention that it’s not free get UCC lien report copies directly from the secretary of state’s office. $40 for each unofficial copy, $55 for each certified copy.

  2. Jennifer Rindflesh says:

    Received this UCC Statement Request form from CT UCC Statement Service. Glad I was able to find it was a scam here. Thank you.

  3. Jeff says:

    I received said scam letter. Looks super official asking for $90.00. Glad I checked up on it. Should go after the bum’s. The address on the letter is 503 East Jackson st #510, Tampa Fl 33602. Thanks for the heads up

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